FIVE men have been jailed for their involvement in an aggravated burglary at Redmarley, near Ledbury, where a man was stabbed.

The crime took place in the early hours of September 24 last year, when criminals targeted a property in the village.

A man in his 50s sustained serious stab wounds, and a Mercedes car along with keys, a mobile phone and a quantity of cash were stolen.

Police discovered the perpetrators had travelled up to the Forest of Dean from the Bristol and Weston-super-Mare areas.

Investigating officers say Ryan Bartley, 35, of Yarrow Court, Weston, organised the attack.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and was jailed this week at Gloucester Crown Court today along with four other men.

The violent assault was captured on CCTV and shows how Dillon Kow, Jade Cunningham, Taschan Peart and Dean Purnell were also involved.

Forensic enquiries helped to identify Cunningham after his glasses were knocked off during the attack.

The men, who are all connected to organised crime, were quickly identified and arrested by Gloucestershire officers. They were subsequently charged and remanded.

The complex investigation resulted in the arrest of 13 people in relation to the incident and offences connected to it, with further investigations still going on.

Jade Cunningham, 27, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 11 years and three months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal and wounding.

Dillon Kow, 26, of Siston Park, Bristol was sentenced to nine years and seven months after pleading guilty to robbery and conspiracy to steal.

Taschan Peart, 22, of Malvern Road, Tottenham, London, was sentenced to nine years and seven months after pleading guilty to robbery and conspiracy to steal.

Dean Purnell, 32, of Kerry Road, Bristol, was sentenced to three years and two months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal.

Bartley was sentenced to two years and eight months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal.

All of the men will serve half of their sentences before being released on licence

Senior investigating officer, DI Paula Hannaford, said: "This was not a random burglary. It was a calculated attack which we believe was facilitated and organised by Ryan Bartley himself.

"All of the defendants that have been sentenced today were aware that violence was being used and had been used against the homeowners during this burglary but sought to leave the scene and the victim incapacitated and bleeding from his injuries.

"It was evident from the CCTV that the victim was extremely fortunate to have survived the attack and I would like to take the opportunity to thank the ambulance crews who attended and the police and ambulance call takers for their quick action on the night.

"The investigation required a team of very dedicated staff to bring Bartley, Purnell, Kow, Cunningham and Peart to justice and to keep our communities safe from their levels of organised criminality.

“Officers from Gloucestershire went into the heart of Bristol and Weston-super-Mare to arrest these men and secure vital evidence.

"I would also like to thank the tactical support provided by Avon and Somerset Police which was required for some of the arrests, due to the additional risk some of the defendants presented to law enforcement at the time.

"This level of violence will not be tolerated in Gloucestershire and we will not be deterred by criminals coming into our county from other areas thinking we are an easy option. We will, as the case was with this one, continue to leave no stone unturned if you come here committing crime.

"I would therefore like to thank all officers and staff involved for their individual and collective drive and dedication in bringing these five defendants before the court."